Could Lectins Hurt My Gut And Help Keep My Weight Stuck?
Dr. Steven Gundry has done some groundbreaking research on how lectins can negatively affect our health particularly our gut. Lectins are plant toxins and may be wrecking havoc in your body especially if you have a leaky gut. A leaky gut is when the gut lining is damaged and cannot function as a barrier any longer and the gut lining lets in harmful sbstances like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles into your system and cause damage to your health. Foods that are highest in Lectins are legumes (beans, lentils, peas, soybeans and peanuts). Whole grains like wheat also contain the highest amounts of lectin.
The good news is that soaking beans for at least 4 hours or more and pressure cooking them or cooking them conventionally for a long time, can greatly reduce the affects of lectins.
If you're struggling to lose your extra postmenopausal pounds, consider that lectins may be contributing to your struggle. As lectins pass through the intestinal barrier, our immune system kicks in tackling these foreign bodies and causing inflammation. This says Dr. Gundry, causes you to pile on the pounds. Inflammation triggers the production of fat storing hormones, so your body can use it as fuel to fight the lectins.
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